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Scientism and Education Empirical Research As Neo-Liberal Ideology

ISBN-10: 1402066775

ISBN-13: 9781402066771

Edition: 2007

Authors: Emery J. Hyslop-Margison, Ayaz Naseem, M. Ayaz Nasee

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This volume offers a critical examination of the growing pressure to apply scientific principles as a means to improve education. The authors trace the ideology of scientism to the early faith Auguste Comte placed in science and the scientific method as a panacea to all human problem solving. By revealing many of the epistemological problems confronted by the social sciences, including education, the authors undermine the prevailing view that a science of education is possible or desirable. Besides revealing the epistemological problems associated with education research, they suggest that the instrumentalism and micro level responsibility related to scientism in education constitute a manipulative ideological smokescreen to distract public attention away from the structural inequities that generate disparate academic outcomes among students in industrialized democracies. The book deals a severe blow to the belief that science is a suitable lens through which to view or strengthen educational practice. "One begins this book with the skeptical belief that it cant be right. The task of reading, then, is to locate where Hyslop-Margison goes wrong to reach his radical and disturbing conclusions. At the very least, even the most skeptical will have to recognize that the unsayablethat current educational research has proven largely fruitless for discernable reasonsis certainly plausible. He brilliantly brings an issue that has been considered too eccentric to contemplate into the heart of current educational discourse. Everyone concerned with educational researchresearchers and those policy-makers, administrators, and other educational workers who draw on the products of educational research should read this important book carefully." Kieran Egan, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
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Book details

List price: $169.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 10/29/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 134
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Education Research
Epistemological Problems in Social Science Research
Empirical Research in Education
Education Research as Analytic Truths
Empirical Research as Neo-liberal Ideology
Name Index
Subject Index